Race Boat Shop
Part 1 - Building the Hull
Compulsion - a reproduction based on a
1930's Gar Wood Speedster Design
Owner/Driver - Bob Mueller
First - some background:
During the spring and summer of 2006, the
Race Boat Shop completed a reproduction of a Jersey Speed Skiff for
Bob Mueller of Wolfeboro, NH.
was done in
the spirit of the vintage with a mahogany wood
deck and twin bench seats and looks like a Jersey Speed Skiff of the
1950's/60's. It is a legal CRA and APBA vintage boat and runs on the
Vintage Race Boat Circuit.
These boats are fun and safe to run,
and with a stock warranted motor will run at the back of the pack, providing for years of
fun and safe
That was a fun project, the boat ran
extremely well, and we wanted to do another reproduction project.
Then a conversation and a handshake
friend Bob Mueller
lead to our next project, a vintage 21 foot
The hull is an aft cockpit,
Gar Wood Speedster
speedster design, very similar to my beloved
In fact, we spent a lot of time measuring the lines of
Obsession and made only a few modifications. This new hull
was constructed of white oak frames with Honduras
Mahogany planking, and powered by a 383 Chevy “stroker”
The bare hull
and motor were transported to our Vintage Race Boat Shop
in February, 2008
where work began on the project completion, and we ran the
boat at the vintage regatta in Clayton, NY in August 2008.
The Gar Wood deck hardware did not arrive from the chrome
shop in time for Clayton, but we went anyway. Our new hull
design ran very well, and the boat ran at the front of the
pack all weekend long.
We had a great time at Clayton, running lots of hot laps on
the course, in fact
there were 6 fast speedsters running at Clayton !!!
Vintage Regatta - 2008
Vintage Regatta - 2010
The project begins !!!
These photos were taken on
9/7/2007, on our first trek to the Fish Brothers for a project
progress check. We were very impressed with the craftsmanship and
the strength of the hull.
These photos were taken on our second trek
to visit the Fish Brothers in Glens Falls, NY just south of Lake George.
It's actually a very nice 3 1/2 hour scenic cruise from Wolfeboro,
NH and on this second project progress check, the bottom was
completed, "Compulsion" was now right side up and the framing was
being completed. We spent a lot of time checking all the lines and
all the details, to make sure the hull would have the "right
look". We were very pleased ???!!!
Then on 10/29/2007 we got a magical email
from the Fish Brothers: "Just a
quick note to inform you that we have completed the bare hull you
have contracted with us here at Fish Brother's Marine Service."
Unbelievable, the bare hull was completed on-budget and two months
ahead of schedule. Lots of phone calls followed about the
383 “stroker” motor that was being built by Larry’s Machine Shop in
Stonington, Connecticut. They were behind schedule, but were focused
and working hard the get the motor completed, dynoed, and ready for
pickup. The following
pictures were taken on our third trek to visit the Fish Brothers on
11/2/2007, to check the completed bare hull and to discuss the list
of items still needed to finish our project. Their workmanship was
just superb, and we were very pleased to personally see that indeed, the
lines of our beloved "Obsession"
had been successfully transferred and reborn in "Compulsion". This
boat is absolute stunning ???!!!
On 12/12/2007 we trekked down to
Larry's Machine Shop in Stonington, Connecticut to pick up the
383 Chevy stroker motor. Garry had the motor all prepped for
pickup, all we had to do was to secure in the back of our truck
and off we went to deliver the motor to the Fish Brothers in
Corinth, New York.
Pete Fish and his Gang were ready for
us when we arrived with the motor, and it only took a few
minutes to hoist the 383 stroker motor from the back of our
truck to his shop floor. We finally got a chance to remove all
the packing stuff and admire the beautiful motor, complete with
burgundy paint on the engine block and transmission, and powder
coating on the heads, intake manifold and bell housing. It's always the "little things" that
make a difference, so the next step for "Compulsion" was addition
fitting out of the aft cockpit, flooring in the forward engine
cockpit area, fore and aft bulkheads and lifting assemblies,
custom fit cutwater, stainless steal rub rails, transom bands, and
After the 383 stroker motor was installed and all the little
details were completed, the bare hull was picked up from The
Fish Brothers and transported to our Vintage Race Boat Shop on
February 15, where the project would continue with stain/varnishing, bottom detailing, installation of bottom fin,
cavitation plate assembly,
cockpit/dash panel fitting out, steering, plumbing, wiring,
upholstery and hardware.
We had quite a trek home, passing
through "white-out' snow squalls all the way. We went through snow,
sleet, hail and brimstone, but we took our time, the new custom
trailer with surge brakes hauled extremely well, and we made it safe
and sound back to beautiful Wolfeboro.
Click here for Part 2 - Stain & Varnish Work
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